1956: Elvis Presley is presented with a Gold record for "Don't Be Cruel", which has just taken over from "Hound Dog" as the best selling single in the US. When the song was recorded on July 2nd, Elvis, along with Scotty Moore, Bill Black, D.J. Fontana and The Jordanaires ran through 28 takes of "Don't Be Cruel" before he was satisfied.
1974: After a two year battle with heroin, Eric Clapton was back in a big way. His version of Bob Marley's "I Shot The Sheriff" hit the top of the Billboard chart, rejuvenating his career.
1991: Alice Cooper sells copies of his new record, "Hey Stoopid" for 99 cents in New York's Times Square.
1987: Michael Jackson's "Bad" debuts at #1 on the UK album chart just as he kicks off his first solo world tour in Yokohama, Japan. The sixteen month concert series, which includes an entourage of 250 people, will play before a total audience of 4.4 million and take in over $125 million.
1975: Janis Ian is awarded her first Gold record for the album "Between The Lines". The LP contains her biographical single "At Seventeen", which was still climbing the charts and will peak in the US at number three.